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Week of March 14, 2011

  1. Join the Chase to Fix Leaks
  2. Ultimate Green Meeting -- Delaware River Basin Forum

Join the Chase to Fix Leaks

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing We’re for Water campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week—March 14 - 20, 2011—encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. Finding and fixing leaks can save the average household more than 10,000 gallons of water annually—enough to fill a back yard swimming pool. Fixture replacement parts can pay for themselves quickly and be installed by do-it-yourself individuals, a trusted professional plumber, or a WaterSense irrigation partner. This year, to kick off the event, WaterSense partner Arizona Municipal Water Users Association is hosting “We’re for Water—Join the Chase,” a four-mile race that will help raise awareness about fixing leaks to save water. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak for more information.

Ultimate Green Meeting -- Delaware River Basin Forum

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently co-sponsored a live webcast for the Delaware River Basin Forum, held on March 10, 2011.  Threats to sources of drinking water and public health for more than 15 million people in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York were the focus of this high-level Forum in Philadelphia and five satellite locations.  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson gave a welcoming video address to over 400 Forum attendees and to approximately 100 people online.  Government leaders and national water experts highlighted challenges to the quality and quantity of water fed from the Delaware River Basin.

This Forum was created as part of a Source Water Collaborative (Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water) goal to serve as a national model for other watershed groups to form local collaborations to protect drinking water.  More information on EPA's source water protection program and the Source Water Collaborative is available at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/drinkingwater/sourcewater/protection/index.cfm

Information on the forum, including a full lineup of speakers and background on issues facing the Delaware River Basin, is available at http://www.delawarebasindrinkingwater.org/. The Forum was sponsored by the Source Water Collaborative and the Forum Planning Team, comprised of EPA, several state and environmental health agencies, and the Delaware River Basin Commission


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